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Opera Singer in the Kitchen” is all about “Artistry in Food, Music and   Life,” and this creative blog recently featured a recipe using our Tarantas Tempranillo Crianza in a very fun and sugar-free Mini Berry and Red Wine Panna Cotta Jello with Orange Sauce.

From the Opera Singer in the Kitchen blog: “Have you seen Chopped on Food Network? It is one of my favorite shows to watch because there is the challenge of creating one of kind dishes using unique food items or a creative combination of foods. You should hear me yelling at the TV to the contestants what they should be creating. I love it! My kitchen creating looks like an episode of Chopped. I take the ingredients I have available in my fridge or pantry and I create. While I like following recipes, I hardly EVER follow them to a T. I always change them up or add to them because, well, this is how I function.

Mini-Berry-and-Red-Wine-Panna-Cotta-Jello-with-Orange-Sauce-and-contestTarantas Red Wine has sent out a challenge to all to create unique recipes using their wine and that pair well with their wines. The Tarantas brand name and label was inspired by the free-flowing, open art form of Flamenco song and dance of the same name, celebrated in Southeast Spain. “Pure wines capturing the essence of Spain in every glass,” Tarantas Wines are made with 100% certified organic grapes.”

“I was inspired to make a gelatin mold using berries, hibiscus tea, and wine and then created a simple Panna cotta as a second layer. I then added an orange sauce to the dessert that sealed the deal. A glass of Tarantas Tempranillo was used for the berry layer since the tasting notes include flavors of cranberries and blackberries with a crisp honeyed dried citrus finish.” Mini-Berry-and-Red-Wine-Panna-Cotta-Jello-with-Orange-Sauce

Check out this delicious recipe on An Opera Singer in the Kitchen blog. We  hope it inspires you to get into the kitchen and create your own delicious recipe and wine pairing to enter the Tarantas Taste of Spain Recipe Contest! Remember, you are just a recipe and wine pairing away from the chance to Win a Trip for 2 to Spain!

Snooth Reviews Tarantas Cava

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A blend of Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada are pulled together to create this Cava. It’s made in the classic method and spends more than 9 months sur lies. 100,000 bottles of this organic wine were produced. The nose is remarkably fresh with lemon zest, apple orchard aromas, and a wisp of sage. The palate shows of continued fresh fruit with orange peel, flaky biscuit and a host of spices. Marzipan, crème fraiche and continued citrus elements are all in play on the above average finish. It’s completely different than the prior wine in style, and taste, but equally delicious, and another killer value. Taste these first two side by side to get an inexpensive window into the diversity of Cava.

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Organic Wine Expert Sandra Taylor Gives Us Her Take on Tarantas Wines

Sandra TaylorMany of us choose to live a more natural, environmentally responsible lifestyle, including a preference for eating organic foods for our meals. We should add organic wines to our beverage choices and favorites.

Winemakers want to be known for making great Racimo_bobal_PERFECTO wine and increasingly organic production is the way they think leads to the best quality. I believe that some of the most interesting, dynamic, fun, and innovative wines on the market today are organic and biodynamic wines. Many wine producers don’t label them as such because they fear this may prejudice the consumer against their wines.

Some consumers tend to view wines with organic labels on the bottles in a Tarantas-Monastrellnegative light. This can be attributed to the early days when organic wines entered the marketplace, and consumers were disappointed in the taste.  Memories run deep, and consumers may worry that an organic wine might not meet their pleasure expectations.

If distributors and consumers wipe prejudices from their mind and approach these wines with a clean slate, I am sure they will discover that these organic wines compare quite favorably with their peers.

They just need to taste them!

Having tasted several of the Tarantas wines from Bodegas Iranzo, imported by Natural Merchants, I am so impressed with their mission of delivering pure high quality wines, made with organic grapes, to the American consumer. These wines come from grapes grown in unique organic terroir, each vineyard producing clean, fresh superior wines that are both good for the earth and delicious to taste.

Tempranillo and JamonThe Tarantas brand for me represents a purity and quality that will please consumers when they try the wines. These wines suit festive occasions and delicious meals. But in addition, the company wants to bring an awareness to the consumer that organic wines contain none of the pesticides and chemical fertilizers that are applied to the vines and soil in conventional viticulture. Their commitment to for offering wines to the consumer that also do not contain many of the other additives found in conventional wines. People think that wine is only fermented grapes, but in fact many other items are added and technologies used to enhance conventional wine – for color, to increase or reduce the alcohol level, for uniformity from one vintage to the next.

Tarantas Wines is also committed to producing Non-GMO Project Verified wines. The indication of non-Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is quite important to discerning and enlightened consumers. Many consumers may not really understand what it means that an agricultural ingredient has been genetically modified, but they seek products, in this case wine, that are pleasing to taste, high quality, good value and good to the planet and to the health of the consumers.

Sandra Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on environmental sustainability, social responsibility and sustainable agriculture. Currently she is president and CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, a consulting business that assists companies at various stages of environmental and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. Taylor provides innovative approaches to supply chain sustainability and strategic philanthropy. She has also studied wine supply chains extensively and is a public speaker on the world of sustainable wine. She is a wine educator and founder of Fine Wine Divas, a learning experience for women on the origins of wine grapes, geography, terroir and techniques for food and fine wine pairing. She has recently completed writing her first book on sustainability in the global wine industry.


2011 Tarantas Monastrell from Hello ClubW on Vimeo.

“A delicious Spanish import that is made with 100% certified organic grapes comes from Jumilla, a region near Valencia that is said to be the birthplace of the Monastrell grape.” – ClubW


Tarantas Sparkling Rose from Hello ClubW on Vimeo

“She’s bull-headed, insistent upon having her own way but all within reason.”